No. 17 Virginia Battles VCU at 7 p.m. Wednesday
Sept. 13, 2016
|VCU at No. 17 Virginia
|Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 | 7 p.m.
|Charlottesville, Va. | KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium
|ACC Network Extra (Live Video) |
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The No. 17 Virginia men’s soccer team returns home to take on VCU at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 14) in a non-conference match at KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium.
The match will stream live on ACC Network Extra, which is available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Live statistics (GameTracker) can be located at VirginiaSports.com. In-game updates will be provided on the UVA Men’s Soccer Twitter account, @UVAMenSoccer.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors and faculty/staff. Group ticket orders of 20 or more tickets are $4 (available in advance). Fans can purchase tickets in advance of game day on VirginiaSports.com to avoid lines at the box office prior to the match.
Free parking is available in the University Hall and John Paul Jones Arena lots.
Virginia holds a 24-2-1 advantage in its series with VCU after a 1-0 win last year in Richmond. While the all-time series has been one-sided, the programs have played extremely tight matches in recent years. Three of the last five meetings went to double overtime — all Virginia wins (2009, 2012, 2013) — while the last five matches each have been decided by one goal.
UVA won last season on an 84th-minute goal from Derrick Etienne.
UVA Celebrates 25th Season at KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium
Now in its 73rd year of men’s soccer, Virginia is playing its 25th season of soccer at KlÃƒÂ¶ckner Stadium. UVA has a 258-52-21 record at the venerable facility. Winners of seven national championships, Virginia owns a 740-340-114 all-time record.
Cavaliers Showcase Depth
Virginia has shown off its deep roster in the first four matches, playing at least 17 men in each contest. UVA used 21 men in the season-opening win against Coastal Carolina, 19 in the 1-1 draw against Xavier, 18 at JMU and 17 on Saturday at Wake Forest.
Defenders Robin Afamefuna and Sergi Nus and goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell have not stepped off the field yet this year. With 13 newcomers to the program, UVA has utilized four different starting lineups in its four matches.
Opoku Headlines Offense
Forward Edward Opoku has highlighted the UVA offense in the season’s early stages, leading the team with a pair of goals as well as an assist. He has taken a team-high 12 shots and already has matched his goal total from a season ago.
VCU is 1-4 this year after winning its first match Sunday against Vermont. The Rams are in the midst of a busy stretch, playing their third match in six days tonight. Three of VCU’s four losses were by one goal, including a 3-2 defeat at North Carolina.
The Cavaliers remain home for Saturday (Sept. 17) for a 7 p.m. match with No. 6 Clemson, the reigning NCAA runner-up.